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Tales From The Mall

May 10, 2022

I had the honour of being interviewed by Brendan (one of the EllroyBoys, whose show I appeared on a couple of times) for his podcast series Tales From the Mall.

The format of Tales From The Mall is intriguing. Brendan calls his friends, usually writer/artist types, from the Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, Arizona. He has a free-form interview style and no subject, be it politics, relationships, cinema, literature or religion is off-limits. Brendan and I talked for two hours and I decided it was time to openly discuss a book I have been dropping hints about on this website for some time.

Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy is the first full-length biography of James Ellroy and will be published by Bloomsbury early next year. You can find more information on the book on Bloomsbury’s website where it is available for pre-order. I’ll be discussing the book on this site in the months ahead. But in the meantime, you can listen to me discuss it with Brendan on Tales From The Mall. He has a great show and it was huge fun to be his guest.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    May 10, 2022 9:04 pm

    Great news. I found the book description on Amazon the other week but wanted to wait for your official announcement.

    I heard about the Ellroy Boys through your guest spots last year. Really good stuff and have listed to at least half a dozen episodes so far. Are they still together? Doesn’t appear to be any new episodes since October of last year.

    • May 11, 2022 9:54 am

      Thanks Dan. I’ve been chomping at the bit to make the official announcement. More info will come in the months ahead. The EllroyBoys was a great show but they are currently on hiatus, I think, to pursue their own projects. i hope they get back together and would love to do a biography special with them when the book comes out.

  2. Catherine Nealy Judd permalink
    May 11, 2022 5:38 am

    Loved the podcast interview Steven—well done!

    I believe it’s likely that Brendan is referencing Winnie Ruth Judd, “the axe murderous” in his Arizona to L.A. “body in the truck” anecdote. No relation to my adoptive father Dr. Lewis Judd! Judd is not all that uncommon a name. One of London’s Lord Mayors was a “Judde,” for example.

    • May 11, 2022 9:51 am

      Thanks Catherine. Glad you liked the podcast and thanks for the info. I just checked and Winnie Ruth Judd was the women Megan Abbott based her novel Bury Me Deep on. I was pondering that with Brendan. Hope you enjoy Love me Fierce in Danger when it’s released.

  3. Catherine Nealy Judd permalink
    May 11, 2022 5:41 am

    Yes—definitely Winnie Ruth Judd—she has her own Wikipedia page.

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